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Security Saturday: Google Hacking

01/12/2012

How safe is your password?  Are you confident enough to test it against the Google search engine?

Step 1 – How to Hash your current password

Go to MiracleSalad.com

http://www.miraclesalad.com/webtools/md5.php

Enter “password1234” – a MD5 hash will appear

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Copy this Hash

Step 2 – Open up Google.co.uk

Paste the hash into google

http://www.google.co.uk/

Step 3 – Read the Google results

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As you can tell from the first page of results, the plaint text password is “password 1234”.

Step 4 – Repeat for “diet coke”, your name, and finally your password.

If your password has already been indexed by the Google search engine, then it’s too easy.

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